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SFCC Hosts Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Santa Fe Community College at 6401 Richards Court in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

  • Simultaneous broadcast on KSWV 99.9 FM| 810 AM, YouTube and SFCTV-16 on Comcast

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College announces that it will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

While graduates won’t be on campus, they will be celebrated as their names and awards are announced during a live broadcast on KSWV 99.9 FM/810 AM (live at https://www.santafetoday.com/kswv/) that will also stream live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RB0xfiYy09c and on SFCVTV-16 on Comcast.

President


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Fox: White Porcelain Dream…

Photo from the 1950s of a Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (GM&O) Rail Road train. Courtesy/american-rails.com

By DAVE FOX
Los Alamos

Editor’s note: When Dave Fox of Los Alamos was a young boy, he and his cousin would pay one visit each summer to their grandmother and grandfather in Mobile, Ala. 

“Twas an overnight trip; left St Louis, Mo (our hometown) in time for dinner followed by the heavyweight sounds of a train thru the night, stopping throughout the trip at the small towns of Mississippi,” Fox recalled. “At many a stop, from the top bunks of our Pullman sleeping car we’d stare out at the night-lit


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State Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

STATE News:

…COVID-19 isolation raises risk of investment fraud targeting seniors 

SANTA FE — In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, today, the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department reminds financial professionals and the public that heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect storm for senior financial exploitation.

“Social isolation has long been one of the leading factors contributing to the financial exploitation of older investors, and the unprecedented quarantines to protect


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Butterflies Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

Butterflies are lifting spirits around Los Alamos and in this garden Sunday on Aster Street. Photo by Joyce Wolff
Butterflies are lifting spirits around Los Alamos and in this garden Sunday on Aster Street. Photo by Joyce Wolff
Butterflies are lifting spirits around Los Alamos and in this garden Sunday on Aster Street. Photo by Joyce Wolff
Butterflies are lifting spirits around Los Alamos and in this garden Sunday on Aster Street. Photo by Joyce Wolff
Butterflies are lifting spirits around Los Alamos and in this garden Sunday on Aster Street. Photo by Joyce Wolff

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LAPS: Racial Injustice, Dialogue And Healing … We Want Our Families To Know We Care About Them…

By Ellen Ben-Naim
President, Los Alamos School Board 

Kurt Steinhaus
Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Staff, Parents and Families,

The tragic death of George Floyd and the events that have unfolded are a heartbreaking reminder of the deep-rooted systemic racism and polarization in our country. 

We have struggled to find words to express our grief as our hearts ache for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. We also grieve for all those who may have seen a reflection of their own life experience in that traumatic video footage. 

This


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Common Cause NM Executive Director Heather Ferguson Speaks At League Of Women Voters Meeting Tuesday

Common Cause NM Executive Director Heather Ferguson

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Votes continues its meetings via Zoom at 11:45 a.m.  Tuesday, June 16.

The speaker is Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Heather Ferguson. Among her duties, Ferguson works on policy initiatives, strategic management of campaigns, fundraising, elected official outreach, election protection programs, communications, media relations and administration of the organization.

Before joining Common Cause in 2014, Ferguson was the paralegal to the president of the second largest defense law firm


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Superintendent Of Insurance Russell Toal Reminds New Mexicans To Prepare For Possibility Of Wildfires

Insurance Superintendent Russell Toal

STATE News:

New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal is reminding New Mexicans that the wildfire season is upon us.

We all need to do our part to minimize the risk of wildfires. This is the time to make sure your insurance is sufficient and up-to-date, to prepare your property, practice fire prevention and have a plan if evacuation is necessary. 

INSURANCE 

Your homeowners or renters insurance policy should be reviewed now to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your property and personal belongings. You can use the NAIC’s Consumer’s


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Rock In White Rock Reflecting Additional Sentiments

‘Black Lives Born and Unborn Matter’ is painted today on the rock at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard in White Rock, reflecting additional sentiments emerging following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Snyder: 1942 Wind Storm Recalled By Ranch School Students

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

SPRING! The season of lawn’s greening, flowers blooming, and — WIND!

A year ago this past March our area experienced high winds that felled large trees and blocked roadways in the Jemez, prompting danger warnings. As many as 100 trees were brought down in forested areas between the back gate and the Valles Caldera.

Most of us had never seen that kind of wind damage in the region of Los Alamos, but it wasn’t the first time that such a weather event has happened here.

On April 23, 1942, the Pajarito Plateau region saw extensive damage to buildings as well


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GOP Hosts Ring Central Video Conference Thursday

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will host a Ring Central Video Conference at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18.

The public is invited to hear from Republican Party of New Mexico Executive Director Anissa Ford-Tinnin as she discusses “Progressive Peril: What This Means for New Mexico”.

Following Ford-Tinnin’s talk, all registered Republicans are invited to the RPLA Central Committee business meeting.

For video conference login information, contact: leadership@losalamos.com.


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New Mexico Social Justice And Housing Organizations Ask Governor For Rent Relief Fund To Prevent Homelessness

NMCLP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — To prevent a dramatic spike in homelessness as New Mexico navigates the COVID-19 crisis and its economic aftermath, social justice and housing organizations asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week to prioritize legislation creating a rent relief fund at the upcoming special session.

Their letter also asks the governor to support a legislative moratorium on evictions and expanded protections for low-income homeowners.  

“If we don’t get some help with rent soon, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me and my family,” said Allyssa Garcia who lives in Albuquerque.


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Europe 2020 Postponed; Remaining Coffee For Sale

Europe 2019 included 45 travelers from Los Alamos – 39 graduates and six chaperones in front of the always-busy Piazza del Duomo June 20, 2019 in Milan. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Today, June 14th, 31 graduated seniors should be boarding an airplane to fly to France for their 11-day educational tour of Europe so they can expand their horizons and celebrate their end of high school. 

However, like many whose summer travel plans have changed, Europe 2020’s travelers will not be able to travel abroad with their peers for their special trip to Paris, the Alps, Munich, and Vienna.  

On March


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